Heading into Thursday night, the Indiana Pacers were up one game on the Philadelphia 76ers for the number three spot in the Easterm Conference. Jimmy Butler scored 27 points, grabbed five rebounds, recorded eight assists, and had three steals, in Philadelphia’s convincing 120-96 victory over Indiana.
What also was convincing for the 76ers is that even though Joel Embiid wasn’t 100 percent due to a stiff back, he was still effective all night long. Embiid flirted with a triple-double. He scored 22 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, recorded eight assists, blocked three shots, and recorded one steal. Joel Embiid is continuing to make his case for MVP night in and night out.
J.J. Reddick scored 20 points for Philadelphia and he made six 3’s. Ben Simmons scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds, recorded eight assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal. Wilson Chandler scored 10 points.
The Philadelphia 76ers bench scored 30 points. Mike Muscala scored 11 of them and he also grabbed eight rebounds. Their biggest lead of the game was 24 points and the Indiana Pacers biggest lead of the game was seven points.
Thaddeus Young led the way for Indiana with 27 points, six rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Victor Oladipo had a quiet night for the Pacers. He only scored 15 points on 30 percent shooting from the field. Oladipo grabbed two rebounds and recorded seven assists.
Myles Turner scored eight points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and blocked three shots. The Indiana bench scored 31 points. Tyreke Evans scored 13 of them. He also grabbed two rebounds and recorded one steal.
These two teams will play each other one more time this season on Sunday, March 10 in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia 76ers next game will be at home on Saturday afternoon against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Indiana Pacers next game will be at home on Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks.